Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: black Brazilians

402 reported cases of racism in Carnaval of Salvador, Bahia, an 80% black city. Deputy mayor: "Salvador is indeed a racist city"


  Although Carnaval is generally looked upon as a time of joy, revelry and celebration, as this site and key black activists have pointed out, what  happens  during  Carnaval is  simply  a  representation … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Black beauty contest raises self-esteem of contestants in northwest Brazil: “I’ve heard that my color is ugly…Now I know that being black is much more than skin color", said one of the winners


Juliana, Paloma and Juliene, contest winners in 2011 The event is the only in the state to appreciate black culture. The 4th edition will be in December, the anniversary of … Continue reading

September 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Feminist Vanda Menezes and the echoes of black resistance: "My feminism is black"


Echoes of black resistance in Serra da Barriga, in Alagoas (northeastern Brazil), land of Zumbi of Palmares*, run through the veins of Vanda Menezes, black militant and feminist activist for 30 … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Feminist Vanda Menezes and the echoes of black resistance: "My feminism is black"


Echoes of black resistance in Serra da Barriga, in Alagoas (northeastern Brazil), land of Zumbi of Palmares*, run through the veins of Vanda Menezes, black militant and feminist activist for 30 … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Black hair in Brazil: A revolution in the making


Gone are days when kinky/curly hair was synonymous with mistreated and laborious hair. Nowadays in Brazil, kinky/curly hair is increasingly associated with self-assertion, self-esteem, behavior and femininity. Mirella Santos   … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Alexandre Pires is asked to provide an explanation for his “Kong” video that was condemned as racist and sexist


In a development that members of the Movimento Negro are calling a “victory”, a decision of the Federal Public Minister (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) answered the request of the Ombudsman … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Alexandre Pires is asked to provide an explanation for his “Kong” video that was condemned as racist and sexist


In a development that members of the Movimento Negro are calling a “victory”, a decision of the Federal Public Minister (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) answered the request of the Ombudsman … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · Leave a comment
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